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2014 Wings Rankings

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Recent BBQ Reviews:

East Coast Grill

Cambridge MA (update)

Causeway Boston MA

Chip Shots Littleton MA

Bluebird BBQ Burlington VT

3 Guys Basement BBQ

Hanover NH (update)

Meadowbrook Orchards Sterling MA

Full Rack Smokehouse Revere MA

Smokin' Al's

Massapequa Park NY (update)

South Shore BBQ Patchogue NY

Mara's Too Wantagh NY

Lilian's Smokin' Rack Boston MA

Bobbique Patchogue NY (update)

Depot Grille & Bar Pepperell MA

Carnivores Milford MA

G. Lee's Brooklyn NY

Hill Country Brooklyn NY

Wildwood Barbeque Hadley MA

AD's Barbeque Portsmouth NH

Morgan's Brooklyn NY

Smokehouse Tavern Lowell MA

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH

SlowBones Burlington MA

Coast Cafe Cambridge MA (update)

Memphis Joe's Weymouth MA

Salvage BBQ Portland ME

State Park Cambridge MA

Hometown BBQ Brooklyn NY

Marathon Burgers & Barbeque Hopkinton MA

JW's Burger Bar Scituate MA

Mo Gridder's Bronx NY

Mason Jar NYC

Buck's Naked Portland ME

Taste of Texas Bennington NH

Bear's Windsor CT

4 Points BBQ Winterport ME

Mainely Meat on Main

Ellsworth ME

BBQ Red Wappingers Falls NY

Tres Carnes NYC

Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ Brockton MA

Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA

P&P Soul Food & BBQ

Brockton MA

BBQ Guy Truck Dover NH

Lonestar Empire Brooklyn NY

Fink's Smokehouse

Dumont NJ

Goody Cole's Smokehouse

Brentwood NH (update)

Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ

Milford NH

Wicked Awesome BBQ

East Thetford VT

Route 4 Country Store

White River Junction VT

Mable's Smokehouse

Brooklyn NY(update)

Vermont Maple BBQ Randolph VT

Summer Shack Dedham MA

Sista's BBQ Brunswick ME

BrisketTown Brooklyn NY

Smokestack Urban BBQ

Worcester MA (update)

Fletcher's Brooklyn NY

Blue Ribbon Arlington MA

Slater's Bolton MA

The Farm Manchester NH

Joff's Backyard Grill

Bellingham MA

Lester's Roadside BBQ

Burlington MA (update)

Ducks Eatery NYC

Ladder 133 Providence RI

Mighty Quinn's NYC

Firebox BBQ Bedford MA (update)

Dickey's S. Portland ME

Beale Street Barbeque Bath ME

Bar Q Stamford CT

Sweet Cheeks Boston MA (update)

Knuckleheads Wallingford CT

Mama T's Rutland VT

Binga's Stadium

Portland ME (update)

Wes' Rib House

Providence RI (update)

Smoke and Bones BBQ

Derby CT

Pit Stop BBQ Wakefield

Wakefield MA

Beach Deck BBQ Seabrook NH

Rockhouse BBQ & WIngs

Manchester CT

Kit Kat's Smoked BBQ

Pawcatuck CT

Harley's Smokeshack NYC

3 Guys Basement BBQ Hanover NH

Prohibition Pig Waterbury VT

Cider House BBQ Waterbury VT

HanBones Hamden CT

Redbones Somerville MA (update)

People's Pint Greenfield MA

East Ender Portland ME

Memphis BBQ & Blues Milford NH

Parker's Maple Barn Mason NH

Commonwealth BBQ

Wrentham MA

Virgil's NYC (update)

Yellow Rose BBQ

Willimantic CT

Texas BBQ Company

Northborough MA (update)


Marlborough MA (update)

Nicky's Beer Garden BBQ

Bronx NY

Back Forty West NYC

Abigail's Cambridge MA

Arnie's Place Concord NH

Blue Smoke NYC (update)

Beauford's Hillsborough NH

Fette Sau Brooklyn NY (update)

Saw Mill Dracut MA

LJ's BBQ Pawtucket RI (update)

Scratch Kitchen Salem MA

Butcher Bar Queens NY

Pies 'n' Thighs Brooklyn NY




Burger Reviews:

Ceres Bistro Worcester MA

Kirkland Tap & Trotter Somerville MA

Alden & Harlow Cambridge MA

Smashburger Natick MA

Beat Hotel Cambridge MA

White Manna Hackensack NJ

Crazy Burger Narragansett RI

Farmstead Providence RI

Burger Boys Lincoln RI

SkyBokx 109 Natick MA

Brew City Worcester MA

Shake Shack Chestnut Hill MA

Trade Boston MA

The Sinclair Cambridge MA

Lincoln Tavern S. Boston MA

The Brindle Room NYC

Coney Island Worcester MA

Craigie On Main Cambridge MA

Elevation Burger S. Portland ME

Bobby's Burger Palace

Burlington MA

Oak Long Bar Boston MA

Met Back Bay Boston MA

Burger Dive Somerville MA

Shake Shack Connecticut

Farmstead Table Newton MA

M3 Somerville MA

RF O'Sullivan & Son Somerville MA

Grass Fed Jamaica Plain MA

Catalyst Cambridge MA

Happy's Boston MA

Louis Lunch New Haven CT

Nosh Portland ME

Brick Wall Burger

Greenfield MA

JM Curley Boston MA

Shake Shack NYC

Grumpy White's Quincy MA

Wahlburgers Hingham MA

Abigail's Cambridge MA

Eastern Standard Boston MA

Firebrand Saints

Cambridge MA

Griddler's Boston MA

BGR Burger W. Hartford CT

The Gallows Boston MA

Max Burger W. Hartford CT

Gilley's PM Lunch

Portsmouth NH

Lexie's Joint Portsmouth NH

The Boynton Worcester MA

Plan B W. Hartford CT

White Hut W. Springfield MA

Russell House Tavern

Cambridge MA

Burgers, Shakes & Fries

Greenwich CT

Five Napkin Burger

Boston MA

The Butcher Shop Boston MA

Ritual Worcester MA

Scholars Boston MA

Corey's Catsup & Mustard Manchester CT

Radius Boston MA

Back Bay Social Club Boston MA

Harry's Bar & Burger Providence RI

Beehive Boston MA

Lord Hobo Cambridge MA

Towne Boston MA


Other Reviews:

Floramo's Chelsea MA

New Bridge Cafe Chelsea MA

Katz's Delicatessen NYC

Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA


Older Features:

John Brown Smokehouse

Fatty Cue First Visit Recap

Blackstrap BBQ opening

Damon Amendolara interview

Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

BT's Smokehouse opening

2009 Wings Rankings

2013 Wings Rankings

2009 Chili Rankings

Phantom BBQ Beach Party '09

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Phantom BBQ Beach Party '08

Nick Solares Interview

Inner Beauty Hot Sauce

Hog Pit vs Hill Country

NY vs Boston

How To Be A Good Waiter

Jake Jacobs at Roadhouse

NY is Boston, Boston is NY

Chris Hart interview

Wildwood review rebuttal

Blue Ribbon commissary

Chris Schlesinger interview




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Archive - September 2014






Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

three states. This time there are five new joints and four closings.




  • Rosebud American Kitchen (Somerville MA) opened two weeks ago in Davis Square, just around the corner from Redbones.  It's a rebirth of a diner that had been around for decades, with a menu that's much more. The upscale comfort food includes a number of barbecue and barbecue-influenced options, smoked in a J&R and masterminded by former Jack Daniels BBQ champion John Delpha.

  • Humo Smokehouse (Brooklyn NY) is a joint that's been around since January, but it's remained under the radar even in the barbecue crazed media capital that is New York City. There's a J&R here too, and the compact menu is almost strictly barbecue. I've already visited, so expect a review soon. Thanks to Simon for the find. Facebook 

  • Witty and Droll BBQ (Plymouth NH) is a food truck that embodies dream of Melanie DeRoehn, a local who decided the town needed a barbecue joint. All of the meats come from local farms. Thanks to both Joe and Jenna for leads.

  • Boobie Trap Bar (Brooklyn NY) is a month old dive emphasizing a certain aspect of the female anatomy, but principally with the decor. Their Facebook page seems more preoccupied with convincing you how badass they are than presenting a menu, but it's some form of barbecue. Facebook

  • The Original Smokey Goodness Pub & Grill (Barrington NH) is that rare new joint without the tired bravado. Their candid Facebook page chronicles their growth and improvement, so I'm rooting for them and hope to visit soon even if it too doesn't have a posted menu. Thanks to Marty for the lead. Facebook




  • Bentley's Famous BBQ (Tyngsboro MA) closed as quickly as they opened, with more damning Yelp reviews in its wake.

  • Smoken Joe's (Brighton MA) closed last week after enduring recent battles with landlord, elements and health. Their barbecue sauce arsenal included an Alabama white before most people had heard of it, and their musical offerings were respectable. Though it never earned a spot in my rotation, Smoken Joe's will still be missed.

  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is now officially closed after only two months in business and one month of temporary closure "for remodeling." Not much of a surprise to anyone (read: me) who's driven by a few times a week without ever seeing any lights on inside, any contractor vehicles or any dumpster for the usual remodeling discards. This one would have been in my rotation, if only because it was less than 2 miles from the day job, but thanks to food like this, it won't be missed. It would have been a fun review.

  • Harlem BBQ Company (NYC) is now closed. I missed my chance. Thanks to Robert for the info.








Boston BBQ: East Coast Grill Re-reviewed

I paid a few recent visits to East Coast Grill (Cambridge MA), a restaurant now known mostly for its spicy food "Hell Night" events, but they're also one of greater Boston' veteran barbecue practitioners. At one time I ranked them among the best, but how are they doing these days? Check out the review update via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of East Coast Grill







Boston BBQ: Causeway Reviewed

The site's 319th review is for Causeway (Boston MA), the new barbecue joint across from Boston Garden. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Causeway







Reviewing the Reviews

Thinking back on the August 1 annual tally of barbecue joint reviews, barbecue review updates and burger reviews, the number that disappointed me most was the number of review updates. PigTrip is now 8 years old and some of the reviews are still 8 years old. For some joints, that's okay; for any of the major ones, it's not. That doesn't mean I'm going to lose sleep holding myself to a standard that major publications with a staff of thousands don't even attain. But it does mean it's going to be a focus for the remainder of the year and beyond. As I type this I envision nearly as many barbecue review updates as new ones during that span. Several are already underway, even for places reviewed as recently as a year ago. For some, it'll be a matter of updating some staff, menu and physical layout changes, with some newer photos. For others, there'll be some significant critical reassessmentsome for the better and some for the worse.






These Are A Few Of My Favorite Wings

With the start of the 2014 NFL season comes my now annual list of my favorite smoked wings at fifteen different barbecue joints in New York and New England. In order to make this list, the wings have to be smoked, they have to be offered regularly and I had to have tried them within the last two years.



See the all-new 2014 smoked wing countdown







Let the Games (and the Wings) Begin

The NFL season kicks off tonight. For most teams, the season starts Sunday, so throughout the day I'll be unveiling the 2014 PigTrip Wings List on Facebook and Twitter. I'll post the smoked wings list in its entirety on Monday morning. There'll be some old favorites, some joints from last time falling off the list and some interesting new additions and return appearances.














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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Smoked chicken at Rosebud, Somerville MA.


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Ribs, brisket and pulled pork at Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ, Milford NH.


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Texas Rachel in a Skirt at Rosebud, Somerville MA.


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Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.


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Ribs at Humo Smokehouse, Brooklyn NY.


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Ribs and brisket at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.


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Smoked jerk wings at the Mill at 185, W. Boylston MA.


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Hog's head at Rosebud, Somerville MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Local 225. Bolton MA.


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Ribs at East Coast Grill, Cambridge MA.


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Ribs, pork belly, brisket and sausage at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Ribs, pulled pork and brisket at Causeway, Boston MA.


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Firefly's Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.


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Smoked wings at Brutopia, Cranston RI.


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Wet bone at East Coast Grill, Cambridge MA.


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Brisket at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.



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